About Us

Great Plains Nursery is a family owned business located near Weston, Nebraska. Brian and Heather Byers started in the business in 2008 with a passion for growing and planting native trees and shrubs and sharing the importance of native plants for the ecosystem. They feel a strong sense of stewardship and pride in being ecologically responsible in contributions to the environment.

Heather Byers

Owner | Head Grower | Sales
Nebr. Certified Nursery Prof.

Brian Byers

Owner | Operations Manager
Commercial Projects

Lynn Kinkaid

Sales | Office Manager

Kara Sousek

Production Manager

Kirk Scheele

Project Manager

Tim Dungan

Sales | Liner Grower

Alex Hamm

Field Manager

Jen Hoffmeister

Shrubs | Production Assistant

Back row: Brian, Heather, Lynn, Kathy, Kara, Kirk

Front row: Wyatt, Josh, Tate, Bryce, Karter, Micah

Missing: Heather S., Jen, & Lane

Nebraska Native Trees

2016 Johnny Appleseed Award

Given by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum for sustained personal involvement in tree-planting in Nebraska.

Nebraska Native Trees

2011 Green Industry Award

Given by the Nebraska Forest Service and NE Community Forestry Council for rising above and beyond one’s business to enhance the community tree resource.

Master Gardener Newsletter

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(Fall 2016)

Nebraska Magazine

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(Summer issue of 2008)

Nebraska Ag & You Magazine

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(2015 issue)

Nursery Management Magazine

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(Aug. 2015)

Nebraska native trees

Why are Nebraska native trees so important?
Native trees, collected from a local provenance source is, first and foremost, key to ensuring a selection of the species that is adapted and ideal for our area and conditions. The extreme variability of our climate in the recent years has put even more emphasis on proven trees that can withstand these limits – from wide swings in temperatures, drought, flooding, strong winds, heavy snow and ice loads, and ever growing insect and disease threats – Nebraska is not an easy place to grow for a tree! But this can be viewed as an opportunity. Because of these extremes, we are fortunate to have the toughest, Nebraska native trees in the country! Our native, heritage trees have withstood decades and decades of these conditions and haven’t skipped a beat. The goal, when anyone plants a tree, is for it to thrive and contribute to a long-lived community forest for generations to come. So why not choose Nebraska native trees that are genetically proven to be able to do just that!

Genetic diversity goes hand in hand with native trees. By having more trees of seed origin rather than clones, we are setting our community forests up to defend against insect and disease threats and contributing to the ever changing and interesting fauna.

Using native trees and shrubs in our landscapes has benefits far greater than most of us realize, and it’s not just about bringing in the birds and the butterflies. Our individual community forests are just small parts in a very large puzzle. Using native trees is a way to connect all these pieces making our communities healthier for our environment. Native trees support the web of life.

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